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No one should be left without the support they need to escape abuse

Escaping an family violence abuser can be difficult and dangerous - in fact, the time in which a woman tries to escape is often a time she's in increased danger. That's why it's so important that a woman in need can access the services she needs to be safe.

Every day family violence services aren't fully funded is another day women are left in danger.

The Victorian Government has started making the kinds of investments needed to address the huge family violence problem in our communities - but other Australian Governments are still lagging behind. And women are being left in danger as a result. Can you join the call for all Australian Governments to fully fund family violence services?

*If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, you can call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for 24/7 support. If you are in immediate danger call 000.

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A recent report shows 81,900 women say they have wanted to escape their current violent partner, but never have. Further 1 in 12 women have indicated they have been forced to return to their abusive partner because they had nowhere else to go. At the same time, the services women need to live free from danger are being under-funded by governments; leaving thousands of women in danger. 

Analysis conducted by Fair Agenda in August 2020 showed:

  • Many specialist women’s and family violence services around the country are so overwhelmed that they have waiting lists of months. 
  • In many states a significant number of women still cannot access safe at home programs when they need them
  • Crisis accommodation services are still beyond their capacity to provide appropriate physical shelter to those fleeing unsafe homes and the specialist staff who are needed to provide the immediate safety management assistance to those facing such significant safety risks.
  • Family Violence Prevention Legal Services still aren’t funded to provide support across all urban, rural and remote areas where their support is needed.
  • Community legal services were not resourced to help everyone reaching out to them before the pandemic.
  • Men’s Behaviour Change programs face average waiting times of almost three months.

All these services, and every part of the prevention, response and recovery system need to be fully funded if we're going to address the horrific impact of domestic and family violence on our community.

(You can read more detailed analysis as it was published in Women's Agenda here)


We call on all Australian governments - federal, state and territory,

to make good on their commitments to address our domestic violence epidemic by committing all funds needed to fully support programs which prevent domestic violence and provide protection and support for those affected.

Including: legal services, crisis support and refuges, outreach services, men's behaviour change programs, emergency accommodation and long-term housing, counseling services and homelessness services.

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Latest activity

Janette , 4655  /  signed 2020-02-21 13:19:39 +1100
"Family violence is a scourge on society, young families and women, and govts should invest resources and programs, to protect vulnerable children and victims of family abusr."
Megan , 3126  /  signed 2020-02-21 13:18:06 +1100
"I am a victim. I’m tired of no assistance and the epidemic of family violence. It is a disgrace. Something has to be done. I could have been a statistic and one of homelessness."
Linda , 7004  /  signed 2020-02-21 13:00:50 +1100
"I have had to escape. I know how hard it is. It is a necessary part of a civilised society for people to not have to endure abusive relationships."
Maree , 2756  /  signed 2020-02-21 12:54:57 +1100
"One woman a week being murdered my someone she knows is just not good enough. There are not enough resources in this area. Men’s violence against women is a national emergency."
Vivian , 2106  /  signed 2020-02-21 12:54:51 +1100
"Not enough is being done & violence against women is getting worse"
Deborah , 6172  /  signed 2020-01-30 09:42:40 +1100
Debbie , 2747  /  signed 2020-01-29 23:48:19 +1100
"Was a victim of family violence and had to move interstate with a young baby to escape my partner even though I had an avo. That was over 30 years ago. Nothing has changed"
Sarah , 4205  /  signed 2020-01-29 14:22:33 +1100
Ruth , 3056  /  signed 2019-12-15 06:23:39 +1100
"This is a fundamental protection everyone deserves. Until we can change the culture that enables abuse in the first place we need to do everything we can to help people to escape kr"
Sarah , 3056  /  signed 2019-11-23 09:22:00 +1100
"Because no-one should be a victim of domestic violence. As a community we need to take a preventative approach to support both the perpetrators and (potential) victims to minimise domestic violence and to nurture a more caring and supportive community culture."
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